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Posted: 2/12/2019 Application deadline: Feb. 22, 2019

The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in Coastal Ocean Processes.  We encourage students who are interested in conducting independent but guided research in marine and coastal ocean systems to apply!  No prior research experience needed!  We especially encourage students from underrepresented communities and research-limited or marine science limited institutions to apply!

Some important information about the program below:

  • Application deadline: Feb. 22, 2019
  • Program Dates:  Jun 10 - Aug 16, 2019 (10 weeks)
  • Program Location:  USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA
  • Requirements:  Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or national to apply. Must have completed have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by Summer 2019 and must plan to be enrolled as a continuing undergraduate in Fall 2019.
  • Research Topics broadly include microbial diversity and ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, behavioral ecology, comparative physiology, invertebrate and fish ecology, macroalgal ecology and physiology.  Seeking AAUS certified divers for two of the projects!

More information and the application can be found at https://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/reu/.

Please contact Diane Kim (dianekim@usc.edu) for questions.

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Time: February 18-19

When 6-9 pm

Location Karst Farm Park

Frogwatch Workshop

Did you know that a third of amphibian species worldwide are experiencing severe population declines? Would you like to help by collecting data to help scientists learn about the state frogs and toads in our region? Wondering what makes that strange noise in the night?

Monroe County Parks and Recreation invites you to participate in a two-part training workshop on February 18-19, 6-9 p.m., at Karst Farm Park. The workshop will explore the value of wetlands, investigate the reason for amphibian decline, teach amphibian biology and how to identify local species, and train participants to monitor frogs by their calls at a location they choose.

Frogwatch USA is sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as part of that group’s conservation efforts. Workshop participants can volunteer to enter data and support protection of these environmentally sensitive species and their habitats. A volunteer manual and other materials will be provided.

Registration is limited to 20 people and the cost is $5. Register at Monroe County Parks and Recreation, 501 N. Morton St. Suite 100, Bloomington or call 812-349-2800.

Posted: 2/6/2019 Application due by February 25, 2019

LEAST TERN NEST MONITOR

Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife

Location: Bloomington, IN                                                 

Term: full-time, intermittent (180 days)

Salary: $10.75/hour

Start Date: March 11, 2019

End Date: August 16, 2019 with the possibility for renewal

Description: This position is stationed at the Indiana Division of Fish Wildlife (DFW) Bloomington Field Office and is responsible for the implementation of an ongoing least tern nest survey and monitoring program at two sites in southern Indiana and for assisting nongame bird biologists with various research projects. Specific duties include:

                                                                                             

Survey Preparation & Fieldwork

  • Coordinate access to field sites with land managers and follow site safety regulations, including wearing proper PPE.
  • Follow site regulations on the monitoring of federally listed species.
  • Conduct surveys as needed when contractors are unavailable.
  • Develop an appropriate nest checking schedule that abides by site safety regulations.
  • Set up, maintain, and troubleshoot camera traps to detect predators and measure the success of least tern nests.
  • Review camera trap photos and coordinate/ schedule the use of camera traps.
  • Write ongoing reports summarizing findings regarding predator presence and nest progress.
  • Write an end-of-season report summarizing findings.

 

Preferred Experience: Applicants must have excellent interpersonal skills, be very organized and detail oriented, and have previous experience in bird identification and wildlife fieldwork. Safety training and training in the monitoring protocol will be provided.

 

Additional Information: Duties are performed in an office locale and in a variety of field environments that may require enduring difficult habitats (power plants) and exposure to adverse conditions (heat, rain, biting or stinging insects). Applicant must be able to work independently and in a team setting. Work days are variable, but will typically occur on weekdays with frequent early mornings during the field season. Applicant must provide his/her own transportation to and from the DFW Bloomington Field Office; travel to and from field sites will be provided using a state vehicle. The applicant will also work on other projects related to nongame and game wildlife. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates to gain experience working for a wildlife and natural resource agency.

 

Application Process:  Email a cover letter and current resume or CV with three references to Allisyn Gillet, Nongame Bird Biologist [agillet (at) dnr.in.gov] by Feb 25, 2019.  Please label the e-mail as “Least Tern Nest Monitor.” Please refer any questions to Allisyn Gillet at 812-334-1137 ext. 3400.

UPDATED 2/1/2019 Application deadline: May 1, 2019 & June 1, 2019

Danta is pleased to announce our 2019 field courses in tropical biology. Our course are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation, but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.

DANTA operates on a cooperative and collaborative teaching model with multiple international instructors on each course. Co-instruction allows for more individualized instruction, and the sharing and appreciation of different ideas. Visiting scholars are often incorporated into the curriculum to broaden student experience.

As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.

For more information, please visit our website at www.DANTA.info and/or email conservation@danta.info. For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our blog DANTAisms - http://dantablog.wordpress.com/.

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates: Summer Session: July 3 – July 18, 2019

Program Fee: $2600

Application deadline: June 1, 2019

Course Description
This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. This course will be held at Osa Conservation’s Piro Reseach Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few places in Costa Rica that has jaguar, puma, sea turtles and four species of monkey (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey).

The learning experiences for the course fall into four main categories: field exercises, seminars, lectures, and applied conservation. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in: (1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems and conservation. Service learning is a large component of all our programs. Students will gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation, sustainable agriculture and wildlife monitoring programs (big cat and sea turtle).

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.

 Primate Behavior and Conservation

Dates: June 5-July 1, 2019
Program Fee: $3500
Application deadline: May 1, 2019

Course Description
This course is designed to provide students with field experience in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. The course will be conducted at Osa Conservation‘s Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa peninsula. As the one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few sites in Costa Rica that contain 4 species of primate (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and squirrel monkey). Four species of sea turtle also nest along its beaches. Please help us protect this unique region which is of international conservation concern.

The learning experiences for the course fall into five main categories: field exercises, independent research, discussions, lectures and applied conservation. The first half of the courses is devoted to learning ecological field techniques, while in the second half students develop, carry out and present data from their independent research projects. Many of our participants have gone on to present their work at national and regional conferences. The field exercises and seminars provide instruction and experience in:(1) methods of measuring environmental variables, including assessment of resource availability, (2) methods of collecting and analyzing the behavior of free-ranging primates, (3) assessments of biodiversity and (4) techniques for estimating population size. Lecture topics will cover the behavior and ecology of Old and New World primates from an evolutionary perspective. Selected lecture topics include primate sociality, feeding ecology, taxonomy, rain forest ecosystems, conservation, climate change and sustainability. Participants gain experience in applied conservation through participation in Osa Conservation’s reforestation,and sea turtle breeding and monitoring programs.

During the course participants will visit a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation, and take a boat tour of the Golfo Dulce for dolphin viewing and snorkeling. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.

Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability

Dates: June 18 – July 1, 2019

Program fee: $2600

Application deadline: May 15, 2019

Course Description

The proximate and ultimate causes of declines of rain forest habitats and biodiversity will be examined through a combination of direct observations in the field, lectures, and critical reviews of the literature. Topics will include the role of hunting, logging, agriculture, disease, predation, expanding human populations and their consumption of natural resources as they affect forest and biodiversity conservation. Emphasis will be on sustainable solutions and how today’s human societies can endure in the face of climate change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.

 

The majority of the course will be conducted at Osa Conservation‘s Piro Research Station in Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula. As one of the largest tracts of rain forest north of the Amazon (roughly 400,000 acres in the Osa Conservation Area), it is renowned for high species diversity. It is one of only a few sites in Costa Rica that contain 4 species of primate (mantled howler monkey, black-handed spider monkey, white-faced capuchin and the Central American squirrel monkey). Four species of sea turtle also nest along its beaches. Students gain hands-on experience through participation in Osa Conservation’s sustainable agriculture, wildlife monitoring and reforestation programs. Problems of various land-use activities will be evaluated with side trips to an oil palm plantation, a coffee plantation, and small-scale agricultural plots.

Field Excursion

All courses include a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation and dolphin and snorkeling trip of the Golfo Dulce. We overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Enrollment in each course is limited to 10 students. The course is open to both credit and non-credit seeking students. University credit can be arranged through your home institution.

 

EMAILED: 1/15/19

A study abroad program offered in Madagascar, June 7-July 7, 2019, entitled "Madagascar Past and Present: Biodiversity, Extinction & Conservation", offered by NIU, SADABE and the University of Antananarivo. The program will be based in Antananarivo and Tsinjoarivo, Madagascar.

 

  Topics include (1) goals and methods of studying primates in the wild, (2) Madagascar's evolutionary history and recent extinctions, including lab work at the University of Antananarivo and (3) current conservation threats. The course is largely experiential, with an independent project (on either extant fauna or recently extinct lemurs) dominating the students' time in the field. Whereas our main focus is primates (specifically lemurs, extinct and extant), students interested in studying other elements of the ecosystem are welcome.

 More information can be found at:

 http://www.sadabe.org/studyabroad2019.html

 http://www.sadabe.org

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 WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
POSTED: 1/21/19
Available Position: Museum Educator - Outreach and Elementary Education Specialist
Apply by Feb. 18, 2019 for full consideration
Description:
Work with the Education Department Team to plan and implement science - informed programming that provides developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children, families, and adults, with a particular focus on outreach programming and programming for elementary age children. WonderLab’s educational programs aim to educate, inspire, delight, build community, increase visitation, and generate revenue. WonderLab is committed to building curious and creative problem solvers inspired by the wonder of science.
For more information and other possible postings:

Posted: 1/9/2019 Application Deadline March 8, 2019

Now accepting applications for:

The Drs. Sidney and Becca Fleischer Research Scholarship for undergraduate students who are actively involved with research in the sciences.

Eligibility requirements for the Fleischer Scholarship are as follows:

  • Applicants must be undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in, or intending to major in, one of the natural sciences, with preference given to those working in life or physical sciences.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester of work in a research lab under the guidance of a faculty member in the College, with the intention of continuing in that lab for the following year.
  • Applicants must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA overall, with a 3.5 GPA in their science courses.

To apply, students must complete the attached application packet and submit it to: collugrs@iu.edu. The laboratory’s PI must separately submit a letter of nomination to collugrs@iu.edu. See the attached instructions for more information.

 

Applications will be accepted from January 7, 2019 through March 8, 2019.

Application Packet

 

Updated: 1/9/2019 Deadlines Varies

Paid Summer Research Program deadlines are fast approaching!  PathwaysToScience.org has a searchable database of 650+ summer research programs in all STEM disciplines. These are all FULLY FUNDED opportunities including programs sponsored by NSF, NASA, NIH, etc. We also have a nice selection of resources to help you strengthen your applications: 

 

https://pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.aspx

If you are considering graduate school, search 250+ FULLY FUNDED graduate programs in a variety of disciplines, and view resources on applying:   

https://pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.aspx 

If you need help finding a program that’s a good fit, please feel free to email me at ldetrick@ibparticipation.org for assistance. You can also follow us on Facebook for program deadlines and updates. 

Sincerely,

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The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

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The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups, including underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, first generation college students, and students from underserved communities. The Institute for Broadening Participation is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID #20-1891162. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Updated 1/9/2019 Application Deadline: April 1, 2019 & June 1, 2019

WonderLab General Animal Exhibits Internships 2018-2019

The exhibits department at WonderLab works diligently to provide and maintain the large variety of exhibits enjoyed by approximately 80,000 visitors per year. WonderLab’s live animal collection consists of reptiles, amphibians, arthropods ranging from honeybees to tarantulas, and a 300 gallon salt water aquarium. Animal Exhibits Interns receive hands-on experience in the many aspects of husbandry including habitat maintenance and repair, medicine distribution, medical and behavioral observation, food preparation as well as exhibit improvement and creation. Animal Exhibits Interns will also do educational outreach through the facilitation of hands-on interactions with museum guests doing live animal demonstrations.

2019 Summer Internship

  • May 13, 2019 - August 18, 2019
  • 3 general animal exhibits position available
  • 14-17 hours per week
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

2019-2020 Academic Year Internship

  • August 19, 2019- May 8, 2020
  • 6 general Animal exhibits positions available
  • 7-10 hours per week
  • Application Deadline: June 1, 2019

Objective: To give student hands-on experience in husbandry, education and the many aspects of WonderLab’s animal exhibits department including the creation, improvement, and maintenance of animal exhibits.

Type: Unpaid unless eligible for federal work-study or for class credit

*Coral reef intern has a stipend but that is a separate application pool with its own requirements. Please see Coral Reef Intern Job Description

Responsibilities:

  • Daily Animal husbandry and maintenance of display habitats
  • Monitoring habitats for ideal conditions
  • Basic Medicine administration
  • Live animal demonstrations, education and outreach
  • Upkeep and organization of animal resources and care logs
  • Completion of 1-2 animal specific projects (Class Credit Interns only)

Preferred skills and qualifications for this position:

  • Interest in biology/animals
  • Reliable with a strong work ethic
  • Self-motivated
  • Excellent communication skills, especially written
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience working with vertebrates and invertebrates a plus
  • Weekend availability
  • Enjoys researching and creating educational materials

If you are interested in the Animal Care Internship position please do the following:

  1. Send an introductory email, 2- professional references (note these are not letters of recommendation) resume and cover letter indicating which internship session

you are applying for to:

                Sam Couch - animalexhibits@wonderlab.org

                Animal Exhibits Manager

                WonderLab Museum of Health and Technology

  1. Fill out an application available on the WonderLab website at

http://wonderlab.org/about-wonderlab/college-student-internships/

Updated: 1/9/2019 Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Field Projects International is a not-for-profit organization offering hands-on field-based training for undergraduates and recent graduates at various biodiverse research stations around the world. These opportunities are ideal for those who already are, or are considering becoming, majors in biology, anthropology, ecology, environmental science, zoology, or pre-veterinary science.

Students may be able to receive credit for participation in select courses and other field programs. We also offer scholarships for students to attend our courses for free. Deadlines for applications for all of our programs are soon approaching, and spots are given away on a first come, first serve basis, so applying early is always an advantage.

Please scroll below for links to all of the opportunities available this upcoming summer. If you have questions, please contact us directly at this address: info@fieldprojects.org.

Sincerely,

Mrinalini Erkenswick Watsa, PhD
President, Field Projects International
mini@fieldprojects.org
Research Associate
Department of Anthropology, Washington University in Saint Louis

Information Bank:

** Visit our website: https://fieldprojects.org

**Upcoming Research Assistantships (Note: The deadline to complete the online application is April 15, 2019):

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